syntax

1. (noun) The study of rules governing the arrangement of words and other elements (e.g. punctuation) to create clauses, phrases, and sentences.

2. (noun) The formal rules for structuring well-formed clauses, phrases, and sentences.

Example: The American Sociological Association’s Style Guide and the Chicago Manual of Style provide syntactical rules and both are used to guide this dictionary.

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  • Plural: syntaxes
  • A (noun) syntactician is a linguist that specializes in studying (adjective) syntactic topics.
  • Also called:
    • phrase structure
    • sentence structure

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